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George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution

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38 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

An easy-flowing short read, full facts without bogging down in m

An easy-flowing short read, full facts without bogging down in minutia. History buffs will enjoy details of the way spies of the time operated and passed on the results of their intrigue, as well as details of the British plots and near misses, including Benedict Arnol...
An easy-flowing short read, full facts without bogging down in minutia. History buffs will enjoy details of the way spies of the time operated and passed on the results of their intrigue, as well as details of the British plots and near misses, including Benedict Arnold. The rest of us learn more about the early years of the birth of our nation, men and women who risked all, and how close we came to failure.

The Loyalists and the Patriots each had spies during the American Revolution. Relying on historical documents and previous research, the authors follow a group known at the Culpers that operated on Long Island, in New York City, and in Connecticut during the British occupation of NYC 1776 -1783. Their names were known to but a necessary few at the time -- thorough historical research has ultimately revealed all but one, agent 355, a woman.


posted by eagle3tx on November 8, 2013

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16 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

Caution, not everything in this book is true.

This book is a very difficult book to read because his accurate accounts are overshadowed by some astounding inaccuracies. I have found myself checking primary sources in order to counter some of his more outrageous statements. By the author's own admission, conversat...
This book is a very difficult book to read because his accurate accounts are overshadowed by some astounding inaccuracies. I have found myself checking primary sources in order to counter some of his more outrageous statements. By the author's own admission, conversations were made up, therefore this book should be classified as fiction.

posted by HistoricalJustice on January 18, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    I just started reading this book and let me tell you, this guy i

    I just started reading this book and let me tell you, this guy is a rank armature and has many facts WRONG He starts by touting Townsend as the "big cheese" in this operation. Wrong. In fact he only joined the group in June 1779, a whole yer after the group was established by Tallmadge., The after the loss of the battle of Brooklyn, he quickly has Washington fleeing to Manhattan and the to Connecticut. Wrong again.After loosing Fort Lee, Washington retreated to New Jursey, and then finally to Valley Forge. Where does this guy get his info from. As a resident of Setauket LI, I have know about this group and its activities for many years. This is NOT a new discovery by any means. I would suggest the Mr Kilmeade do more research, specifically talking the Setauket historical Society, and get his facts straight! .

    12 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Its ok

    Found the authors to be vague in their descriptions
    That being said i was glad to learn about these un sung heroes

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2014

    Disappointing historical narrative

    This book has been weeks on the NYT best seller list and I don't know why. It's scholarship and style of writing was worthy of a high school paper. George Washington comes across more as a super hero than a mortal and flawed general. The accounts of Nathan Hale, Benedict Arnold and John Andre' were interesting but shallow and I don't know I trust the scholarship behind the work. Not a book for a serious student of the American Revolution but I'm not saying it is devoid of merit either.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 8, 2014

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    "Have you ever seen a thing that is extremely stupid.? Besides me of course, I have seen lots. My Brother falling off a diving bored, a cat saying P P! A donutshop called yum yum donuts. I know two things, fire bad and yum yum doughnuts. Dont eat there. So nana nana boo boo! Once though, a guy said, are you an albino to me. So, being the kind and loving person I am, I said, stick your head in a toilet. Good thing is he moved away, bad thing is he put a knife to my throut. So I was raised mildly ignored, noogied, and Bearly alive. If i could have a penny for every time I almost died... I would have a doller.

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